Music like this deserves a step-by-step analysis. This seven-track record begins with an intro titled â€œIntro,â€ wherein a thunderclap leads into random bits of sound effects before rising to a sharpened pitch. Then it slams into â€œBreak,â€ during which, Blind by Sight does its best version of funky, 1990s loud-quiet-loud metal characterized in the real world by Korn and mid-period Metallica. Having developed a taste for it, the band decides on a second helping of Korn on â€œThe Struggle Withinâ€ and makes sure the point is made by putting that weird, glassy effectâ€”the one that sounds sort of like underwater bellsâ€”on the lead guitar. â€œChains of Strengthâ€ is the “let’s slow it down a little bit and show our sensitive side” fourth number. â€œYour Lightâ€ is the loud, whiny love song that’s either about God or a girlfriend, but there’s no lyric sheet, so that’s gonna remain a mystery. Bonus aspect: there’s a ting-ting-ting cymbal curiosity that crops up in places where more famous bands might have put a cowbell. â€œRecourseâ€ is a slow throbber of a tune whose only conceivable goal is to beat the listener while s/he’s down. Then there’s â€œThe Letterâ€ which starts slowly, then goes into a predictably indecipherable and bombastic chorus, then slows down again. Album closer â€œHomeâ€ is a slow piano-based song about love and such. Neighborhood bar-and-grill rock never had it so bland.
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